Splendour Festival 2015 Fringe Entertainment & Kid’s Area

July 3rd, 2015 at 4:15 pm

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Along with sensational performances from The Specials, James, Bananarama, Lawson, The Twang, Roots Manvua and many more, this year’s Splendour Festival is set to feature an incredible area of fringe entertainment as well as a fantastic kid’s area for our young festival goers!

Nottingham School of Samba

Samba school drumming performances, Brazillian songs on percussion instruments in the styles of Afro-Brasil, samba reggae and Rio samba.

DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle… Kazoo Orchestra

Kazoo orchestra and Vaudeville Skiffle Show.  Washboards, plant pot bass and kazoos!  Family friendly fun music.

Swing Nouveau

Modern songs performed in a retro style.  Swing dancers encouraging audience participation.  Female singer and double bass player dressed in vintage colourful clothing.

DIY Poets

A series of poetry by various members of the DIY Poets collective performed for the family audience.

Daniel Dore

A close up and strolling magician, since starting as a magician Daniel has picked up many honors both local and regional, such  as becoming the first winner of the Graham Harper innovation award and the youngest winner of Edinburgh magic festivals showmanship award.

Inspector Hemslo

The detective of magic.  Join Inspector Graham Hemslo the worlds leading… and well only consulting detective.  Over years of training Hemslo has conditioned himself to be able to find out your most intimate secrets simply by looking you. Watch as one of Nottingham’s leading parlour acts influences, suggested and surprises you in countless ways.

Nott Circus

Nott Circus will be bringing an impressive 8 metre rig to Splendour, and performing three dazzling mini-cabaret performances, each comprising of 2 aerial acts.  Marvel at the acrobatics, and enjoy free-play activities including diabolo, stilt walking, juggling and more between shows.

Walkabout Entertainment – Nonsuch Theatre – The Fun Police!

Walkabout theatre – The Fun Police – 4 roaming performers in full PPE roam the fields of Splendour making sure that attendees are enjoying themselves responsibly.  With megaphones, tape, banners and cordons, the performers interact with attendes throughout the day – creating silly scenarios of ‘safety’ and generally being a delightful nuisance.  Attendees are rewarded for safe practice whilst others take part in games to make themselves safer.  Brief seminars will be held on how to have fun properly and ensure that people’s fun is cleverly organised.  The irony being, The Fun Police are anything but safe themselves!

Big Top Mania

Look out for the mini big top hosted by Big Top Mania, featuring circus skills workshops including low tightrope wire, hula-hooping, diablos, juggling & unicycles.  They’ll be bringing giant bubbles and crazy inflatables along too, as well as closing proceedings in the Children’s Area with Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco.

Area Inbetween

Area Inbetween inspire young people through the arts.  They provide a range of vibrant and exciting workshops for young people to get involved in at festivals.  Alongside LP painting on Dizzy The Bike, Face Painting, and Recycled Materials workshops there is a games and chill-out space for socialising and hanging out, including Giant Jenga, Ten Pin Bowling and Twister.  All activities are free except for a spin on Dizzy charged at 50p per vinyl.

Giant Games and Make & Take Workshops

Join in with some old fashioned board games with a giant twist!  Including Chess, Draughts and Connect 4.  Make your own festival badges and windmills too!

Calling all performers!

May 1st, 2015 at 4:01 pm

044 Calling all fringe artists and performance lovers!  Splendour in Nottingham Festival is putting the call out for theatre companies, interactive performers, solo artists, duos, community groups, circus performers, spoken word artists, stand-up comics and more to be a part of our fringe programme!  The more interactive, colourful, family friendly (and fun!) the better.

To apply, download the form here.

Splendour Supports Local Music in Future Sound of Nottingham Competition

April 13th, 2015 at 4:13 pm


We are giving you the chance to play live in front of a 20,000 strong crowd on the Splendour Festival main stage this July!

Organised by community project NUSICThe Future Sound of Nottingham (FSN) will give one lucky act the opportunity to perform the opening slot on the main stage at Splendour Festival on Saturday 18th July. Open to entrants now, the first round of the contest invites local bands and artists to send in tracks for judging by an expert panel, and you can enter today by clicking here.

Last year’s Splendour proudly boasted an impressive line-up of home-grown talent including Bramcote born artist Saint Raymond aka Callum Burrows. With a sell-out UK tour already under his belt, he was joined by 2014’s FSN winner, Joy Mumford, who has since been writing with respected artists such as Scorzayzee and indie pop band D.I.D, who we have had the pleasure of managing for several years now. We are delighted to reveal that Joy will also be making her second Splendour appearance on the Acoustic Rooms Stage this year for what will be the first time a FSN artist has been asked to return.

Mark Del, of NUSIC, says: “It’s a great buzz giving Nottingham musicians the chance to play the main stage at SplendourFuture Sound of Nottingham is all about giving local artists the opportunity to play big stages to huge audiences and showcasing their music to industry professionals – last year’s finalists Field Studies were signed to Denizen Management after Denizen boss, Spencer Wells, saw them play.”

Entries for the first round will close on Monday 20th April and finalists will be expected to battle it out on the main stage at DHP Family’s Rock City venue on Sunday 14th June where the public and an independent panel of judges will decide the winner.

DHP Family Chairman George Akins added: “Splendour is a great showcase for local artists so it’s a real opportunity for a new star to emerge from this year’s Future Sound of NottinghamJake Buggoriginally played Splendour’s small courtyard stage but went on to be the main stage headliner a couple of years later, touring the world and selling albums by the million. Amber Run and Joy Mumford are playing this year while IndianaSaint Raymond and D.I.D (Dog is Dead) have all played Splendour in recent years and gone on to greater success.”

Splendour 2015 will be headlined by two-tone legends The Specials who will be joined on the bill by James, Jess Glynne, Lawson, Roots Manuva, Amber Run, To Kill A King and the day will be opened by the winner of the Future Sound of Nottingham. Meanwhile, over on theConfetti Stage there will be performances by Bananarama, The Twang, Ferocious Dog, Iris Gold, Keto, The Swiines and Georgie while Joy Mumford, Eyre Llew, Hhymn, Jamie Lawson, Molly and Jack, RJMARKS, Daudi Matsiko and Cedric Peters make up the offer for theAcoustic Rooms Stage.

Cheeky-chappie Brummie Andy Robinson will be hosting some great acts throughout the day on the Funhouse Comedy Stage while there is plenty of entertainment for children including fairground rides, and a free kids area hosted by Big Top Mania, featuring circus skills workshops and shows, crazy inflatable’s, giant bubbles and Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco.

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James, Bananarama And More Join The Specials For A Fantastic Splendour Spectacular July 18 2015

March 20th, 2015 at 9:18 am

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Headlined by two-tone revivalists The Specials, the all dayer in the beautiful grounds of Wollaton Park is set to be one of the biggest summer days out across the Midlands on July 18 2015. Continuing the strong line up on the main stage as special guests are the legendary James, perhaps best known for anthemic hits such as ‘Sit Down’, ‘She’s A Star’ and ‘Laid’. With all seven band members coming back to reform in 2007, the Manchester band released their 13th studio album La Petite Mort last year to critical acclaim and showed the unique James magic is still firmly in place with engaging powerful songs that demand to be heard live.

Promoter DHP Family, in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Confetti, has been working hard behind the scenes to bring the perfect mix of long-loved heritage acts alongside contemporary pop artists to cater for all the family.

One of the best all female pop bands of all time, Bananarama joins the bill for Splendour headlining the Confetti Stage.  The band already share history with The Specials lead singer Terry Hall who tracked the girls down to perform with Fun Boy Three, the trio he formed with two other bandmates, for the single ‘It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It’.  Will Splendour see the girls join Terry and co on stage?

With 32 Top 40 UK hits, they went on to support everyone from Iggy Pop to Paul Weller. For the next ten years the girls were everywhere and so were their hits, all penned by the girls themselves. As their biography says ‘Bananarama were not a manufactured band but three friends who came from the London Club scene with a Punk attitude and were always in control of their own destiny.’

Singer of the moment Jess Glynne, best known for featuring on Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’, which made number one in the UK and can also be heard on the current M&S food advertising campaign, as well as debut single, ‘Right Here’, will be bringing her distinctive voice to the main stage.

With their latest single Roads out in May and an eagerly anticipated album due out later this year, pop rockers Lawson will have plenty of fresh material to excite the crowd alongside songs from their debut album Chapman Square and their six top 20 hit singles including Juliet and When She Was Mine. Joining them on the main stage and described as ‘the voice of urban Britain’ by The Times, MOBO award winner, vocalist and rapper Roots Manuva, best known for the hit single ‘Witness The Fitness’, will be bringing his UK hip hop style to Wollaton’s lush fields.

The full main stage line up is The Specials, James, Jess Glynne, Lawson, Roots Manuva, Amber Run and To Kill A King and the day will be opened by the winner of the Future Sound of Nottingham competition.

The search to find the best unsigned local act to open the festival is underway once again with the Future Sound of Nottingham now open for entries, building up to the chance to play the Rock City final on June 14 2015. For more details, visit www.nusic.org.uk

Keeping up the tradition for bringing the best of the local scene to the attention of 20,000 crowd, will be Amber Run, the band who formed at Nottingham University, with a huge indie-rock sound laden with hooks and driving choruses that looks a surefire bet to be filling stadiums some time soon. Expect a great response from their growing fan base to tracks such as the anthemic ‘Just My Soul Responding’; ‘I Found’ and ‘Spark’ hot on the heels of the release of their debut album, ’5am’, on April 27 through RCA Victor.

For something completely different, head over to the Confetti Stage where the Mansfield crew Ferocious Dog will be delivering their own take on Celtic folk by mixing up traditional instruments –  fiddles, whistles, mandolins – with a bit of rock n’ roll attitude. With their unique, aggressive yet feel-good music they are a favourite in the city making history last year by becoming the only unsigned act to ever sell out the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, not only once but twice.

Second on the bill to Bananarama on the Confetti stage are Birmingham indie-rockers The Twang. Hailed by the NME as ‘Britain’s best new band’ when they emerged, their second single Either Way was a top 10 hit and strongly championed by Radio 1 while the band commanded a prestigious headline slot at Glastonbury on the John Peel Stage. The Twang have kept the albums coming and the anthemic guitar rock of their latest, NEONTWANG, is sure to keep the audience moving.

Confirmed for the Confetti stage are Bananarama, The Twang, Ferocious Dog, Iris Gold, Keto, The Swiines and Georgie.

Completing the feast of live music will be the line up on the Acoustic Rooms stage, named after the popular weekly event at the Rescue Rooms. Joy Mumford, Eyre Llew, Hhymn, Jamie Lawson, Molly and Jack, RJMARKS, Daudi Matsiko and Cedric Peters make up the offer for the final stage.

At the bottom of the courtyard, the popular Funhouse Comedy stage compered by amiable cheeky-chappie Brummie Andy Robinson will once again be entertaining the crowds throughout the day and into the evening. Ian D. Montfort, the Sunderland psychic creation of character comedian Tom Binns, very convincingly uses the cold reading of stage mediums to debunk their techniques with fantastically funny interactions with his audience. Bringing his musical comedy act Lost in Music, Christian Reilly, now an international comedian playing all the major comedy venues, started out in Nottingham. Expect sharp wit combined with effortless charm and the occasional snipe at histrionic rock bands, musical theatre and morose indie musicians. Presenter Ellie Taylor of BBC3 dating show ‘Song, Marry, Avoid’, awesome Aussie improviser John Robertson and brilliant young musical comedy duo Jollyboat complete the comedic offer.

The entertainment doesn’t stop away from the main stages with loads for children on offer including fairground rides, and a free kids area hosted by Big Top Mania, featuring circus skills workshops and shows, crazy inflatables, giant bubbles and Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s great to see more much-loved groups being added to the Splendour line-up. We’re looking forward to a fantastic family summer day out in the beautiful surroundings of Wollaton Park.”

Tickets for Splendour start at £20 for 11-17-year-olds and £34 for adults with a citycard. Children 10 and under go free. Available from here.

To get the latest line-up announcements and festival updates go to www.splendourfestival.com or like www.facebook.com/splendourfestivalUK or follow @splendourfest.


The Specials


Jess Glynne


Roots Manuva

Amber Run

To Kill A King

NUSIC Competition Winner




The Twang

Ferocious Dog

Iris Gold


The Swiines




Andy Robinson (Compere)

Ian D. Montfort

Christian Reilly

Ellie Taylor

John Robertson




Joy Mumford

Eyre Llew


Jamie Lawson

Molly and Jack


Daudi Matsiko

Cedric Peters

A message to you (Rudy) Splendour fans!

February 25th, 2015 at 11:32 am

2 tone legends The Specials will be headlining this year’s Splendour in Nottingham on Saturday 18th July!

Nottingham’s prestigious Wollaton Hall will be anything but a ghost town on Saturday 18th July when ska heroes The Specials headline the annual summer festivities. With an incredible line-up of live music and laugh-out-loud comedy still to be announced, plus a whole host of unique bars, bohemian food stalls and child-friendly activities, Splendour 2015 looks like it’s going to be too hot to handle.

You can book your Splendour tickets here and you rude boys and gals can also get a special discount with your City Cards!

This year’s tickets are priced at:
- £44 for standard entry
- £34 for adult City Card holders
- £34 for 11-17 year old non city residents
- £20 for 11-17 year old City Card holders

FREE for all children 10 years and under

Be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Vote For Splendour!

October 14th, 2014 at 5:56 pm


Splendour has been nominated for BEST MEDIUM SIZED FESTIVAL & BEST FAMILY FESTIVAL at the 2014 UK Festival Awards!!

Cast your vote & be in with the chance to WIN a pair of tickets to EVERY WINNING FESTIVAL in all the UK Festival Awards categories to make 2015 your dream summer!

Vote here & spread the word: Bit.ly/VoteSplendour

See you in 2015!


August 1st, 2014 at 5:35 pm


Thank you Nottingham for another amazing year at Splendour Festival! We hope you all had a fantastic day at Wollaton Park, the crowds certainly proved that Nottingham is up for a dance and sing come rain or shine (or tropical storm!) … but who doesn’t love an excuse to get the wellies out?!

If you’re feeling the post-festival blues then check out Splendour’s official Facebook page for all our pictures (don’t forget to tag yourselves!) and make sure you stay up to date with us on Twitter, Instagram and our website too. We’ll be posting all the latest news and you can be sure you’ll be the first to hear line-up and ticket news for Splendour 2015.

See you next year and thanks again for making Splendour 2014 such a success!

Carl the Cobra Froch to make triumphant appearance at Splendour Festival

July 17th, 2014 at 5:09 pm


Carl Froch will take to the stage at Splendour Festival this weekend (Saturday 19 July) to celebrate his recent victory against George Groves.  Froch will take part in a Q&A with Notts TV’s Frances Finn where he will answer questions put to him by the audience.

Festival goers can suggest interview questions for Carl Froch on Twitter and on the Facebook page using #splendourfest.

The best questions will be put to Froch by Frances Finn live on stage on Saturday evening between sets by the Happy Mondays and Tom Odell.

Froch, who is from the Meadows and now trains in Carlton, beat rival George Groves in a eighth round knockout in front of 80,000 fans on 31 May, confirming his status as the WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion and the best British boxer currently fighting.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Nottingham hero, Carl Froch, to join the stage at Splendour Festival on Saturday.  On home turf in front of an audience of thousands, this will be a celebration of Froch’s recent fight win in his re-match against George Groves.”

Set times for Splendour 2014 Announced!

July 9th, 2014 at 6:05 pm